2017 is in full swing. Flowers are blooming left and right. The nurseries are pumping out masses of flowers and vegetables to be planted. What 2017 trends should you follow to make your patio the best it can be? Here are the top 7 trends to ensure you have the perfect patio space for you in 2017.
1. Outdoor Room
Having a patio isn’t just for a few chairs anymore. Now, having a patio is adding another room to your home. From outstandingly comfortable patio furniture to hot tubs and waterfalls, there are many different options to create the perfect space.
There are endless options of luscious furniture that can weather any storm. Deep chaise lounges and swiveling rockers are popular with bright colors and patterns. Some people are even discovering adding an outdoor kitchen is the best use of their patio space.
2. Outdoor Kitchen
Having an outdoor kitchen means more than a camping grill. A lot of people cannot afford to redo their kitchen or have a large kitchen. Having an outdoor kitchen is a great way to expand your kitchen and open up some space.
There are elaborate set ups including fridges to fun alternative cooking methods like a brick fire oven. If you are looking for a Bobby Flay set up, there are even beautiful countertops and cabinets made specifically for outdoor kitchens.
However, if you are just wanting an extra element to cook on, getting something like an outdoor pizza oven or even just a fancy grill can be a great way to add value to your patio.
3. Old Meets New
If you are following HGTV or Pinterest at all, you will have noticed the millions of vintage or repurposed furniture and accessories. This is a huge trend that is most likely here to stay. There is something classic and elegant about the vintage furniture. Adding some new fabric or elements to it can create a piece of art for your patio.
There are a lot of ideas out there, but repurposing old furniture for seating is by far the easiest and least expensive. Often times you just have to add some paint and new cushions. As a bonus, you can find a lot of these furniture pieces at garage sales for not very much money making it a resourceful and inexpensive way to jazz up your space.
4. Planting with a Purpose
There’s always room for rose bushes or beautiful flowers in your backyard space. However, this year it’s all about planting with a purpose. With the concern for the environment mounting, there is a movement towards planting low maintenance and healthy landscaping for the earth.
Prairie grasses, gardens, and fruit bushes are a great way to spend less to get more. There is the initial cost but after that it is fairly low maintenance. If you plant a garden, you can make it easier on yourself by using landscape fabric and an automated irrigation system. This will allow you more time to spend enjoying your garden rather than slaving away all summer. It’s energy efficient, time efficient, and a bonus you get to eat excellent food!
5. Natural Landscaping
Believe it or not, your landscaping can play a major role in keeping with sustainable, environmental friendly products. You don’t have to use so much plastic and toxic chemicals now.
Using things like natural rock landscaping is a great way to keep a beautiful manicured space while being environmentally smart.
Planting prairie grasses or wild flower mixes are a great way to help the environment out as well. Prairie grasses have deep root systems that help create beautiful soil. It’s a great way to give back to the earth and as a bonus you don’t have to mow as much!
6. Fire Pits
Fire pits are all the rage and have been for a few years. It seems they just keep getting better and better. There are many different styles and sizes to choose from. This allows you to find the perfect fire pit for your space.
Fire pits are an excellent way to add both utility and decor to your space. You can create a beautiful seating area around your fire pit. It allows you to use your patio for longer portions of the year with the heat aspect. You can also roast marshmallows in the middle of summer. They have become extremely versatile and stylish.
7. Relax and Play
Having patio furniture is a great start for your space. However, adding in some entertainment elements will keep you using your space night after night. There are so many different options for entertainment but there are several that stick out this year.
Outdoor televisions that are weatherproof or movie screens are becoming more and more popular. You can have your movie night under the stars. When fall comes, you can watch the big game while grilling out.
Another option is a portable hot tub. These are super convenient and provide endless fun and relaxation. Having a portable hot tub is a great excuse to invite friends over for some drinks and a soak. You can even get really fancy with waterfalls and light shows.
Finally, yard games are always popular. There are the rickety plastic ones you can get a garage sale. However, there are now beautifully designed wood yard games available. From yard dice to yard jenga, you will sure to have endless fun for years to come.
Your Patio and You
2016 is gone and it’s time to get your patio summer ready for the 2017 season. There are so many fun options this year that will make your backyard space better than ever.
Maybe you want to go with an elegant feel with an outdoor kitchen and beautiful dining set. Not your style? Then you can plant a cute vegetable garden and some berry bushes. Feast off of healthy food and enjoy weed free gardening all summer. Who knew it could be so easy and fun?
Whatever you choose, remember that your patio isn’t just a space to be filled. It is an extension of your personality and home. What are you missing in your home? An entertainment room? A large kitchen? A spa? Now you can create that space outside. Think outside the box with these 2017 patio trends.